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Highland County Community Fund

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A permanent endowment fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), the Highland County Community Fund was created to assist the Highland County community in growing philanthropic resources to enrich quality of life. The Fund will make grants to support the community from its interest and earnings, ensuring permanent resources designed to address Highland County’s changing needs over time.


Grant Opportunities

The Highland County Community Fund (HCCF), in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), invites nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for a project or program serving Highland County to apply for the 2022 grant round.

HCCF and FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund will award at least $10,000 in grants to projects or programs that benefit residents of Harrison County across five areas essential to generating and sustaining transformative change: Arts & Culture; Community & Economic Development; Education; Environmental Stewardship; and Health & Human Services.

Projects should increase quality of life, create access to opportunities or implement a solution to a need in Highland County. Requests are encouraged to be between $500 and $5,000, though requests above this range may be considered based on impact.

2022 applications are currently closed and under review. Grantees will be announced in Quarter 4 2022.


2021 Grant Recipients

New Directions GreenField Christian for the Summer 2022 Discover Inspire Grow Group (DIGG) to provide a wide range of activities to build trust and relationships among those of different ages and perspectives within the community

Hillsboro First Baptist Church for the Diaper Depot to provide free diapers to families in need

Highland County Community Action for the I’m a Child of Highland County Youth Leadership Academy to develop a youth leadership program for high school students


Highland Committee Members

• Marty Bailey
• Ron Coffey
• David Daniels
• Susan Davis
• Kara Juillerat
• Mick McLaughlin
• Shawn Priest


Support the Highland Community

Gifts are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, life insurance and charitable remainder trusts. To mail your donation, please designate the Highland County Community Fund and mail to Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Make a secure online donation by clicking here, noting the Highland County Community Fund. To learn more, contact FAO at 740.753.1111.